Mazda MX-5 RF (2017 year). Instruction - part 17

 

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Mazda MX-5 RF (2017 year). Instruction - part 17

 

 

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When Driving

i-ACTIVSENSE

*Some models.

 Adjustable Speed Limiter 

*

              The adjustable speed limiter is a function to prevent the vehicle from being driven at a 
vehicle speed faster than a set speed. The vehicle speed is controlled to kept it below the set 
speed even if the accelerator pedal is depressed.
  The adjustable speed limiter can be set between 30 km/h (20 mph) and 200 km/h (125 mph). 
The vehicle speed may exceed the set speed when the vehicle is driven on a down slope, 
however, the system noti

¿ es the driver by À ashing the display and operating a warning 

sound.

 WARNING

 Always turn off the system when changing drivers: 
 If the driver is changed and the new driver is unaware of the adjustable speed limiter 
function, the vehicle may not accelerate when the driver depresses the accelerator 
pedal, leading to an accident. 

  The system consists of the adjustable speed limiter display and the speed limiter switch on 
the steering wheel.

MODE switch

RESUME/+ switch

SET/- switch

OFF/CANCEL switch

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 Adjustable Speed Limiter Display

            The setting status of the adjustable speed limiter is displayed in the display in the instrument 
cluster.

  Stand-by  display

    Displays when the speed limiter switch is operated and the system is turned on.
  Turns off when the system is turned off.

  Setting  display

    Displays  when  the   SET     switch is operated and the speed is set.

  Cancel  display

    Displays when any of the following operations is done and the system is temporarily 
cancelled.

 

 OFF/CANCEL switch is operated

 

 Accelerator pedal is strongly depressed

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 Adjustable Speed Limiter Main Indication (White)/Adjustable Speed Limiter 

Set Indication (Green), Adjustable Speed Limiter Main Indicator Light 
(Amber)/Adjustable Speed Limiter Set Indicator Light (Green)

  Type  A  instrument  cluster

(Adjustable speed limiter main indication (white))
  The indication display in white when the  MODE  switch is pressed and the adjustable speed 
limiter is activated.
(Adjustable speed limiter set indication (green))
  The indication display in green when a speed has been set.

  Type B instrument cluster

(Adjustable speed limiter main indicator light (amber))
  The indicator light illuminates amber when the  MODE  switch is pressed and the adjustable 
speed limiter is activated.
(Adjustable speed limiter set indicator light (green))
  The indicator light illuminates green when a speed has been set.

 Speed Limiter Warning Beep

            If the vehicle speed exceeds the set speed by about 3 km/h (2 mph) or more, a warning 
sound operates continuously and the adjustable speed limiter display 

À ashes at the same 

time. The warning sound operates and the display 

À ashes until the vehicle speed decreases 

to the set speed or less.
  Verify the safety of the surrounding area and adjust the vehicle speed by applying the 
brakes. Additionally, keep a safer distance from the vehicles behind you.

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 CAUTION

 If the set speed is set lower than the current vehicle speed by pressing the SET      or 
RESUME/   switch, the warning beep is not activated for about 30 seconds even if the 
vehicle speed is faster than the newly set speed by 3 km/h (2 mph). Be careful not to drive 
over the set speed. 

 NOTE

 When the system is temporarily cancelled by depressing the accelerator pedal fully, the 
adjustable speed limiter display shows the cancel display. If the vehicle speed exceeds the 
set speed by about 3 km/h (2 mph) or more while the cancel display is displayed, the set 
speed display 

À ashes but the warning sound is not operated. 

 Activation/Deactivation

 NOTE

 When the ignition is switched off, the system status before it was turned off is maintained. 
 For example, if the ignition is switched off while the adjustable speed limiter is operating, 
the system will be operable when the ignition is switched ON the next time. 

  Activation

(Type A Instrument Cluster)

  Press the  MODE  switch to operate the system. The adjustable speed limiter screen is 
displayed, and the adjustable speed limiter main indication displays in white.

 NOTE

 When the cruise control is operating after pressing the  MODE  switch, press the mode 
switch again to switch to the adjustable speed limiter. 

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(Type B Instrument Cluster)

  Press the  MODE  switch to operate the system. The adjustable speed limiter screen is 
displayed, and the adjustable speed limiter main indicator light (amber) turns on.

 NOTE

 When the cruise control is operating after pressing the  MODE  switch, press the mode 
switch again to switch to the adjustable speed limiter. 

  Deactivation

    To deactivate the system, do the following operations:
(Type A Instrument Cluster)

  When a cruising speed has been set (adjustable speed limiter set indication displays in 
green)

    Long-press the  OFF/CANCEL  switch or press the  OFF/CANCEL  switch 2 times. The 
adjustable speed limiter screen is no longer displayed and the adjustable speed limiter set 
indication (green) does not display.

  When a cruising speed has not been set (adjustable speed limiter main indication 
displays in white)

    Press the  OFF/CANCEL  switch. The adjustable speed limiter screen is no longer displayed 
and the adjustable speed limiter main indication (white) does not display.

 NOTE

 When the  MODE  switch is pressed during adjustable speed limiter operation, the system 
switches to the cruise control. 

(Type B Instrument Cluster)

  When a cruising speed has been set (adjustable speed limiter set indicator light (green) 
turns on)

    Long-press the  OFF/CANCEL  switch or press the  OFF/CANCEL  switch 2 times. The 
adjustable speed limiter screen is no longer displayed and the adjustable speed limiter set 
indicator light (green) turns off.

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 When a cruising speed has not been set (adjustable speed limiter main indicator light 
(amber) turns on)

   Press the  OFF/CANCEL  switch. The adjustable speed limiter screen is no longer displayed 
and the adjustable speed limiter main indicator light (amber) turns off.  

 NOTE

 When the  MODE  switch is pressed during adjustable speed limiter operation, the system 
switches to the cruise control. 

 Setting the System

 WARNING

 Always verify the safety of the surrounding area when setting the adjustable speed 
limiter:
 If the speed is set lower than the current vehicle speed, the vehicle speed is decreased 
to the set speed. Verify the safety of the surrounding area and keep a safer distance 
between vehicles ahead and behind you. 

   1.   Press the MODE switch to turn the system on.
   2.   Press  the  SET      to set the speed. When the current vehicle speed is 30 km/h (20 mph) or 

more, the speed is set to the current vehicle speed. When the current vehicle speed is less 
than 30 km/h (20 mph), the speed is set to 30 km/h (20 mph).

   3.   To increase the set speed, press the RESUME/    switch continuously. The set speed can 

be adjusted in 10 km/h (5 mph) increments. The set speed can also be adjusted in about 1 
km/h (1 mph) increments by pressing the RESUME/    switch momentary. For example, 
the set speed increases about 4 km/h (4 mph) by pressing the RESUME/    switch 4 
times.

   4.   To decrease the set speed, press the SET     switch continuously. The set speed can be 

adjusted in 10 km/h (5 mph) decrements. The set speed can also be adjusted in about 1 
km/h (1 mph) increments by pressing the SET     switch momentary. For example, the set 
speed decreases about 4 km/h (4 mph) by pressing the SET     switch 4 times.

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 NOTE

 

  When the vehicle set speed is displayed in the instrument cluster, press the 

RESUME/   switch to set the displayed vehicle speed. 

 

  The system is temporarily cancelled when the vehicle is accelerated by depressing the 

accelerator pedal strongly, however, it resumes when the vehicle speed decreases to the 
set speed or less. 

 

  The vehicle speed may exceed the set speed on a down slope. 

 Temporarily Cancelling the System

            The  system  is  temporarily  cancelled  (stand-by  status)  when  any  of  the  following  operations 
is done while the adjustable speed limiter is displayed.

 

 OFF/CANCEL switch is pressed

 

 Accelerator pedal is strongly depressed

  Press  the  RESUME/    switch to resume the operation at the previous set speed. The 
adjustable speed limiter display remains displayed.

 NOTE

 The set speed can be set by pressing the  SET     switch while the system is in stand-by 
status.
 The adjustable speed limiter is not cancelled by depressing the brake pedal. 

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*Some models.

 Forward Sensing Camera (FSC) 

*

              Your  vehicle  is  equipped  with  a  Forward  Sensing  Camera  (FSC).  The  Forward  Sensing 
Camera (FSC) is positioned near the rearview mirror and used by the following systems.

 

 High Beam Control System (HBC)

 

 Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)

Forward Sensing Camera (FSC)

  The Forward Sensing Camera (FSC) determines the conditions ahead of the vehicle while 
travelling at night and detects traf

¿ c lanes. The distance in which the Forward Sensing 

Camera (FSC) can detect objects varies depending on the surrounding conditions.

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 CAUTION

 

  Do not apply accessories, stickers or 

¿ lm to the windscreen near the Forward Sensing 

Camera (FSC). 



  If the area in front of the Forward Sensing Camera (FSC) lens is obstructed, it will 

cause the system to not operate correctly. Consequently, each system may not operate 
normally which could lead to an unexpected accident. 

 

  Do not disassemble or modify the Forward Sensing Camera (FSC). 



  Disassembly or modi

¿ cation of the Forward Sensing Camera (FSC) will cause a 

malfunction or mistaken operation. Consequently, each system may not operate 
normally which could lead to an unexpected accident. 

 

  Heed the following cautions to assure the correct operation of the Forward Sensing 

Camera (FSC). 

 

  The direction of the Forward Sensing Camera (FSC) has been 

¿ nely adjusted, 

therefore do not change the installation position or remove the Forward Sensing 
Camera (FSC).

 

  Be careful not to scratch the Forward Sensing Camera (FSC) lens or allow it to get 

dirty.

 

  Do not remove the Forward Sensing Camera (FSC) cover.

 

  Do not place objects on the instrument panel which re

À ect light.

 

  Always keep the windscreen glass around the camera clean by removing dirt or 

fogging. Use the windscreen defroster to remove fogging on the windscreen.

 

  Consult an expert repairer, we recommend an Authorised Mazda Repairer regarding 

cleaning the interior side of the windscreen around the Forward Sensing Camera 
(FSC).

 

  Consult an expert repairer, we recommend an Authorised Mazda Repairer before 

performing repairs around the Forward Sensing Camera (FSC).

 

  The Forward Sensing Camera (FSC) is installed to the windscreen. Consult an expert 

repairer, we recommend an Authorised Mazda Repairer for windscreen repair and 
replacement.

 

  When performing repairs around the rearview mirror, consult an expert repairer, we 

recommend an Authorised Mazda Repairer.

 

  Do not hit or apply strong force to the Forward Sensing Camera (FSC) or the area 

around it. If strong force is applied, stop using the Lane Departure Warning System 
(LDWS), and the High Beam Control System (HBC) and consult an expert repairer, 
we recommend an Authorised Mazda Repairer.

 

  The direction in which the Forward Sensing Camera (FSC) is pointed has been 

¿ nely 

adjusted. Do not change the installation position of the Forward Sensing Camera 
(FSC) or remove it. Otherwise, it could result in damage or malfunction. 

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 NOTE

 

  In the following cases, the Forward Sensing Camera (FSC) cannot detect target objects 

correctly, and each system may be unable to operate normally. 

 

  The height of the vehicle ahead is low.

 

  You drive your vehicle at the same speed as the vehicle ahead.

 

  Headlights are not turned on during the night or when going through a tunnel.    

 

  In the following cases, the Forward Sensing Camera (FSC) may not be able to detect 

target objects correctly. 

 

  When driving next to walls with no patterning (including fences and longitudinally 

striped walls).

 

  The tail lights of the vehicle ahead are turned off.

 

  A vehicle is outside the illumination range of the headlights.

 

  The vehicle is making a sharp turn, or ascending or descending a steep slope.

 

  Entering or exiting a tunnel.

 

  Heavy luggage is loaded causing the vehicle to tilt.

 

  Strong light is shone at the front of the vehicle (back light or high-beam light from 

on-coming vehicles).

 

  There are many light emitters on the vehicle ahead.

 

  When the vehicle ahead is not equipped with tail lights or the tail lights are turned 

off at nighttime.

 

  The vehicle ahead has a special shape. For example, a vehicle towing a trailer house 

or a boat, or a vehicle carrier carrying a vehicle with its front pointed rearward. 

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*Some models.

 Radar Sensors (Rear) 

*

              Your  vehicle  is  equipped  with  radar  sensors  (rear).  The  following  systems  also  use  the  radar 
sensors (rear).

 

 Blind Spot Monitoring system (BSM)

 

 Rear Cross Traf

¿ c Alert (RCTA)

  The radar sensors (rear) function by detecting the radio waves re

À ected off a vehicle 

approaching from the rear or an obstruction sent from the radar sensor.

Radar sensors (rear)

  The radar sensors (rear) are installed inside the rear bumper, one each on the left and right 
sides.
  Always keep the surface of the rear bumper near the radar sensors (rear) clean so that the 
radar sensors (rear) operate normally. Also, do not apply items such as stickers.
  Refer to Exterior Care on page  6-53 .

 CAUTION

 If the rear bumper receives a severe impact, the system may no longer operate normally. 
Stop the system immediately and have the vehicle inspected at an expert repairer, we 
recommend an Authorised Mazda Repairer. 

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 NOTE

 

  The detection ability of the radar sensors (rear) has limitations. In the following cases, 

the detection ability may lower and the system may not operate normally. 

 

  The rear bumper near the radar sensors (rear) has become deformed.

 

  Snow, ice or mud adheres to the radar sensors (rear) on the rear bumper.

 

  Under bad weather conditions such as rain, snow and fog.    

 

  Under the following conditions, the radar sensors (rear) cannot detect target objects or 

it may be dif

¿ cult to detect them. 

 

  Stationary objects on a road or a road side such as small, two-wheeled vehicles, 

bicycles, pedestrians, animals, and shopping carts.

 

  Vehicle shapes which do not re

À ect radar waves well such as empty trailers with a 

low vehicle height and sports cars. 

 

  Vehicles are shipped with the direction of the radar sensors (rear) adjusted for each 

vehicle to a loaded vehicle condition so that the radar sensors (rear) detect approaching 
vehicles correctly. If the direction of the radar sensors (rear) has deviated for some 
reason, have the vehicle inspected at an expert repairer, we recommend an Authorised 
Mazda Repairer. 

 

  For repairs or replacement of the radar sensors (rear), or bumper repairs, paintwork, 

and replacement near the radar sensors, consult an expert repairer, we recommend an 
Authorised Mazda Repairer. 

 

  Turn off the system while pulling a trailer or while an accessory such as a bicycle 

carrier is installed to the rear of the vehicle. Otherwise, the radio waves emitted by the 
radar will be blocked causing the system to not operate normally. 

 

  The radar sensors are regulated by the relevant radio wave laws of the country in 

which the vehicle is driven. If the vehicle is driven abroad, authorization from the 
country in which the vehicle is driven may be required.

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Cruise Control

*Some models.

      Cruise  Control 

*

            With cruise control, you can set and automatically maintain any speed of more than about 
25 km/h (16 mph).

 WARNING

 Do not use the cruise control under the following conditions:  
 Using the cruise control under the following conditions is dangerous and could result 
in loss of vehicle control. 

 

 Hilly terrain 

 

 Steep inclines 

 

  Heavy or unsteady traf

¿ c 

 

  Slippery or winding roads 

 

  Similar restrictions that require inconsistent speed 

 Cruise Control Switch

ON switch

RESUME/+ switch

Without Adjustable Speed Limiter

SET/- switch

OFF/CANCEL 
switch

MODE switch

RESUME/+ switch

With Adjustable Speed Limiter

SET/- switch

OFF/CANCEL 
switch

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Cruise Control

 Cruise Main Indication (White)/

Cruise Set Indication (Green), 
Cruise Main Indicator Light 
(Amber)/Cruise Set Indicator 
Light (Green)

  Type  A  instrument  cluster

(Cruise main indication (white))
  The indication turns on (white) when the 
cruise control system is activated.
(Cruise set indication (green))
  The indication turns on (green) when a 
cruising speed has been set.

  Type B instrument cluster

(Cruise main indicator light (amber))
  The indicator light turns on (amber) when 
the cruise control system is activated.
(Cruise set indicator light (green))
  The indicator light turns on (green) when a 
cruising speed has been set.

 Activation/Deactivation

 WARNING

 Always turn off the cruise control 
system when it is not in use: 
 Leaving the cruise control system in an 
activation-ready state while the cruise 
control is not in use is dangerous as 
the cruise control could unexpectedly 
activate if the activation button is 
accidentally pressed, and result in loss 
of vehicle control and an accident. 

 NOTE

 When the ignition is switched off, the 
system status before it was turned off is 
maintained. For example, if the ignition 
is switched off while the cruise control 
is operating, the system will be operable 
when the ignition is switched ON the 
next time. 

  Activation

    With  adjustable  speed  limiter

    To activate the system, press the  MODE  
switch. The cruise main indicator light 
(amber)/cruise main indication (white) 
turns on.

 NOTE

 When the adjustable speed limiter is 
operating after pressing the  MODE  
switch, press the  MODE  switch again to 
switch to the cruise control. 

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Cruise Control

  Without adjustable speed limiter

    To activate the system, press the ON 
switch. The cruise main indicator light 
(amber)/cruise main indication (white) 
turns on.

  Deactivation

    With adjustable speed limiter

    To deactivate the system, press the  OFF/
CANCEL  switch. The cruise main 
indicator light (amber)/cruise main 
indication (white) turns off.

 NOTE

 When the  MODE  switch is pressed 
during cruise control system operation, 
the system switches to the adjustable 
speed limiter. 

  Without adjustable speed limiter

    To deactivate the system, press the  OFF/
CANCEL  switch. The cruise main 
indicator light (amber)/cruise main 
indication (white) turns off.

 To Set Speed

     1.    (With adjustable speed limiter)
   

Activate the cruise control system by 
pressing the MODE switch. The cruise 
main indicator light (amber)/cruise 
main indication (white) turns on.

   

 (Without adjustable speed limiter)

   

Activate the cruise control system by 
pressing the ON switch. The cruise 
main indicator light (amber)/cruise 
main indication (white) turns on.

   2.   Accelerate to the desired speed, which 

must be more than 25 km/h (16 mph).

   3.   Set the cruise control by pressing the 

SET/   switch at the desired speed. The 
cruise control is set at the moment the 
SET/   switch is pressed. Release the 
accelerator pedal simultaneously. The 
cruise set indicator light/cruise set 
indication (green) turns on.

 NOTE

 

  The cruise control speed setting 

cannot be performed under the 
following conditions: 

 

(Automatic transmission)



  The selector lever is in the P or N 

position.

 

(Manual transmission)



  The shift lever is in the neutral 

position.

 

  The parking brake is applied.

 

(Vehicles with adjustable speed 
limiter)



  The MODE switch for the 

adjustable speed limiter is pressed.    

 

  Release the SET/    or RESUME/ 

switch at the desired speed, otherwise 
the speed will continue increasing 
while the RESUME/    switch is 
pressed and held, and continue 
decreasing while the SET/    switch is 
pressed and held (except when the 
accelerator pedal is depressed). 

 

  On a steep grade, the vehicle may 

momentarily slow down while 
ascending, or speed up while 
descending.

 

  The cruise control will cancel if the 

vehicle speed decreases below 
21 km/h (13 mph) when climbing a 
steep grade. 

 

  The cruise control may cancel at 

about 15 km/h (9 mph) below the 
preset speed such as when climbing a 
long, steep grade. 

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Cruise Control

  The vehicle speed preset using the cruise 
control is displayed in the instrument 
cluster.

Type A Instrument Cluster

Type B Instrument Cluster

 To Increase Cruising Speed

    Follow  either  of  these  procedures.

  To increase speed using cruise control 
switch

    Press  the  RESUME/    switch and hold it. 
Your vehicle will accelerate. Release the 
switch at the desired speed.

  Press  the  RESUME/    switch and release 
it immediately to adjust the preset speed. 
Multiple operations will increase the 
preset speed according to the number of 
times it is operated.

  Increasing speed with a single 
RESUME/   switch operation

    Instrument  cluster  display  for  vehicle 
speed indicated in km/h: 1 km/h (0.6 mph)
  Instrument cluster display for vehicle 
speed indicated in mph: 1 mph (1.6 km/h)

  To increase speed using accelerator 
pedal

    Depress the accelerator pedal to accelerate 
to the desired speed. Press the SET/ 
switch and release it immediately.

 NOTE

 Accelerate if you want to speed up 
temporarily when the cruise control is 
on. Greater speed will not interfere with 
or change the set speed. Take your foot 
off the accelerator to return to the set 
speed.

 To Decrease Cruising Speed

    Press  the  SET/    switch and hold it. The 
vehicle will gradually slow.
  Release the switch at the desired speed.

  Press  the  SET/    switch and release it 
immediately to adjust the preset speed. 
Multiple operations will decrease the 
preset speed according to the number of 
times it is operated.

  Decreasing speed with a single SET/ 
switch operation

    Instrument  cluster  display  for  vehicle 
speed indicated in km/h: 1 km/h (0.6 mph)
  Instrument cluster display for vehicle 
speed indicated in mph: 1 mph (1.6 km/h)

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